|Improv:21 - The Systemic Language of Music & the Spirituality of Art: An Informance with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith - ROVA:Arts|
The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls Ankh...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
|Improv:21-Solo Performance - the Composer - Performers focal point: An Informance with Ned Rothenberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo improvisin...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation; Ned Rothenberg
|Improv 21: = Q + A: An Informance with John Zorn - ROVA:Arts|
Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of months;...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; John Zorn
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|Improv:21: Understanding Conduction: An Informance with Lawrence “Butch” Morris - ROVA:Arts|
Part lecture, part rehearsal, and part performance, this fascinating program provides a window into a system for the creation of improvised music by an ensemble or band, that it's designer, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, calls conduction. In his words conduction is: "A vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real time musical arrangement of any notation or composition...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Free Improvisation; Lawrence Butch Morris